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I am going to compare and contrast two film versions of Henry V.

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In my essay I am going to compare and contrast two film versions of Henry V. the two films I am going to compare and contrast are the Kenneth Brannagh version and the Lawrence Olivier version. The two films were made at different times. The Kenneth Brannagh version was made in 1989 where as the Lawrence Olivier version was made in 1944. The fact that the two films were made at different times means that there are going to be quite a few differences. In my essay I am going to analyse the two film versions of Henry V using acting, setting, costume, props, lighting, sound effects and camera angles. First I am going to compare the acting in the Kenneth Brannagh version to the acting in the Lawrence Olivier version. In the Kenneth Brannagh version the actor's speech was difficult to hear because they were whispering. This makes the film more realistic because we know that there is something strange going on. The other effects that whispering has on the king are that it tells us the king is angry but he is keeping his anger under control and he is keeping calm. ...read more.

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Props are important because thy can distinguish one character form another. The Lawrence Olivier version has a prop to tell us who is the king. The prop is a crown. The Kenneth Brannagh version has a table and chairs, so that everyone can sit down. The Lawrence Olivier version doesn't have any tables and chairs, because it would be hard to carry on and off the stage or maybe it is because they would not have been able to fit a table on the stage. In a play lighting can decide what a person's character is like. In the Kenneth Brannagh version at the beginning when the archbishop of Canterbury and the bishop of Ely are talking there is a dark and gloomy background with candles to convey suspicion when they talk secretively. The gloomy lights also make them look sly. Another effect they use with lighting is to show half of both of their faces. This suggests to us that they are two faced. This also tells us that they are showing us their bad side. When the king enters there is a blinding light in the background and a shadow is not allowing us to see him. ...read more.

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When the archbishop of Canterbury is talking there is panning to show the reactions of the others, then there is a close up of the archbishop of Canterbury and the king to show the king's reaction to the archbishop of Canterbury's speech. After his speech the king finds himself in the middle of the archbishop of Canterbury and the bishop of Ely. They are either side of the king, and there is a symmetrical image. This shows that the archbishop of Canterbury and the bishop of Ely are influencing the king. Then there is a close up of the messenger and other people to show their reaction towards the king. They get down on one knee, which shows the king's authority and his power. In the Lawrence Olivier version there is mainly panning, mid shot and long shot camera angles. They use panning to follow the actor that is talking, to show their acting and to make you feel like you are in the audience watching. All in all, I think that the two versions are similar because they both show strong and weak points in the film. The Kenneth Brannagh version shows us that it is strong in sound effects and music, lighting, camera angles and props whereas the Lawrence Olivier version is strong in costumes, setting, props and music. BY BHAVIN PATEL 1 ...read more.

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